Castaic woman in custody after firing on deputies, then barricading herself for 8 hours

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A woman living at a senior complex in Castaic was in custody late Friday after opening fire on deputies sent there to do a welfare check, then barricading herself inside her apartment for nearly eight hours, officials said.

No one was hit by “an unknown number of shots” fired by the woman, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. No injuries were reported.

Clarence Rees, a friend of the woman, identified her as 60-year-old Linda Meyers, KTLA reported. He said she had been in a panic over a second rent increase by the new property management company that oversees Castaic Lake Senior Village.


The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. at the apartments, which are in the 31000 block of Castaic Road.

Residents of three units were evacuated as members of the Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau arrived at the scene, officials said.

KTLA contributed to this report.

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12:15 a.m.: Updated with the woman in custody.

This article was first published at 6:25 p.m.